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殭屍叔叔 (1988)
Mr. Vampire Saga Four

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 10/20/2008
Summary: GREAT!!

While this is not as good as the original, it is far superior to the various sequels under the same name.

Im not sure if Anthony Yu's character is the same as the one in the original, but he plays a taoist who just doesnt seem to like the next door neighbour, Buddist Wu Ma. There is various comic situations that occur for the first half of the movie which are quite funny, and the 2nd half is when the action starts.

While it doesnt run as smooth as the original, where the original blended the comedy and action together very well,it still full of laughs and has a exciting ending, worth watching, you wont be disappointed

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 01/03/2002

Lam Ching Ying is absent from this sequel, and his place is taken by a duo of rival priests. The taoist is played by Anthony Yu, with Wu Ma as his buddhist nemesis. They are accompanied by a pair of assistants (Chin Kar Lok and Loletta Lee), and the first half of the movie is filled by the various slapstick-type antics between these two pairs, involving assorted spells. Fun, but not too memorable. The movie picks up considerably in the second half with the introduction of an evil vampire who forces the two priests to unite in order to fight him. You all know what happens next, people get bitten, Vampires are on a hopping frenzy, sticky rice does its thing, and the priests do their magic. The fight choreography is compelling, and Chin Kar Lok in particular does some impressive stunt work that involves him getting hurdled around quite a bit and crashing into every single object in the room. If you like the Hopping Vampire genre, then you'll have an enjoyable time with this movie.

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 06/13/2001
Summary: Enjoyable

MR VAMPIRE SAGA 4 - Another Mr. Vampire film, with Lam Ching Ying absent here and some other chap filling his shoes. He's no LCY, but he's OK. Wu Ma makes up for Lam's absence a little, playing the buddhist living opposite the Taoist, with whom there is a long running rivalry and bickering. Chin Kar Lok takes over from his brother as the Taoist's assisant, and Rachel Lee plays Wu Ma's assistant. Yuen Wah makes an appearance as a gay vampire (!), which is rather bizarre. The film appears to have confused vampires with dogs in some places. At least I don't remember vampires running around sniffing each other's butts in the first part.

Much of the film is taken up with Wu Ma and Anthony Chan's rivalry as the Buddhist and Taoist priests, constantly fighting though with obvious affection they won't express. Meanwhile, Chin Kar Lok takes a shine to Rachel Lee and embarasses himself trying to woo her. Then the vampires turn up, and it's fight time. There's less Taoist magic going on here, and more plain fighting with rock hard vampires. The action is good fun, with lots of scenery being destroyed in the combat. Quite well choreographed. Chin Kar Lok seems to suffer a lot in the making of the film, constantly being hurled at or through furniture and walls :-)

It's an enjoyable film, though not as tight as the first part. I wasn't sure when it was made, so I tried guessing whilst I watched... I guessed about 1992, when it was actually 1988... I guess that's a good accolade.

The WA DVD is pretty nasty... the picture's not too bad, but you only have the Mandarin audio track available, and it's one of the worst sound mixes I've heard. Quite awful. Still a movie worth watching, but maybe there'll be a better HK DVD one day.

Reviewed by: ElectraWoman
Date: 10/29/2000
Summary: 8/10-No Lam Ching-Ying, but so what?

Sure, there's no Lam Ching-Ying, but this film certainly didn't miss his presence. This film is not serious, but hell-were ANY of the Mr Vampire movies serious? No. This is fast-paced and lots of fun, with Chan Yau and Wu Ma working very well together as the opposing Taoist and Buddhist monk. The most hilarious scene is when Chan Yau takes over Wu Ma's body via a puppet, making Wu Ma do an assortment of things, like wrap his arms around a pole and repeatedly bashing his head against it while laughing hysterically. Bwahahaha :D

Reviewed by: hokazak
Date: 12/09/1999

No Lam Ching Ying! Not bad, though - but not as good as the others.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Episode four of the series that just won't lie down and die. Thistime, our heroes are a Buddhist monk and a Taoist priest, both encumbered with a number of mischievous disciples who attract demons like honey attracts ants. All four of them need their wits (and their stakes) sharpened to a maximum to deal with the ghastliest ghoul that ever ravaged China's fog-bound villages. You'll scream with laughter.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

A Taoist priest and a Buddhist priest at first harass each other, but eventually team up to fight an army of vampires. The series is wearing pretty thin by this movie, which is not even slightly serious.

[Reviewed by Iain Sinclair]